… as Al-Makura presents APC guber candidate to President
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said he will resign from the federal cabinet in a week time to face his political ambition.
Speaking to State House correspondents after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja by chairman of APC gubernatorial primaries committee in Ekiti State and Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa State, Fayemi said he is on a rescue mission to Ekiti.
Governor Al-Makura and Fayemi walked into the Presidential Villa, 40 minutes to the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting and went straight to the President’s office. Fayemi while speaking to journalists explaind that he has crossed a critical hurdle having emerged as the flag bearer of APC in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, adding that there is a lot of work to do and therefore, he and his co-contestants are seeing the coming election as a collective rescue mission. “There is still a lot of work to do.
The constitution again is very clear. What the constitution says in Section 182 is that I must leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election. “Well, I am the candidate of our party and I am also the minister of the Federal Republic at least for the next one week.
So, for the next one week, I am the minister of mines and steel.” He stressed further that: “A critical hurdle has been crossed but we still have a major work to do. The important thing is to see this as a collective rescue mission and I am glad that my co-contestants have seen it in that light.
“I have met with all the co-contestants, I have broken fast with them. I have shared ideas with them. I have also extended an olive branch to them to be part of the candidate advisory council for this election, and they have all graciously agreed to do that. We are confident that the APC will carry the day but there are still a lot of work to do.”
Speaking on the claim by Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose that his emergence was a walk in the park for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as he will be roundly defeated, Fayemi said, “Well, as far as I am aware, Fayose is not on this ballot. We will deal with the candidate on this ballot and the track record that we have in Ekiti is what that will sell us.”
Commenting on the probe panel report that indicted him and his public apology to Ekiti people, Fayemi said, “You should understand the contest of the apology, don’t just take the apology on its own.
What I said was that clearly, they were people in Ekiti even though they were minority, who were not happy with some of the policies and programmes of our government whilst we were in office and to such people I render an apology. “But, for me the rescue mission in Ekiti is a job that has to be done. What do you want?
You want continuity of lack of salary, continuity of poverty, continuity of want, continuity of directionlessness or you want to return to a past of buoyancy, human development, accountability and transparency in government. That is the clear dividing line and people can see that.
“As to the probe panel that you mentioned, well, I don’t want to dwell on the probe panel. But, the law of the land of is clear; it is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can convict anyone, any Nigerian for any malfeasance.
You cannot seat in your house, cook up a probe panel; a kangaroo tribunal and you say you have indicated someone and that person is guilty and should be ban from public office. That is just a joke but then the man we are taking about is an Alawada like we say in Yorubaland, so that is not surprising.”
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Almakura said he came to present Fayemi, according to the tradition of the party. He expressed confidence that going by the support the flag bearer has received from co-contestants, APC will carry the day.
“It is a tradition in our party that immediately we finish the exercise of primaries and where a winner emerges, after giving the report to the national headquarters of the party we bring such successful candidate to the leader of the party, who incidentally is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his blessings for the candidate that has so emerged. Thereafter, we can say that we are ready to go forward and campaign for his election in line with INEC conditions,” he said.
Asked if APC is ready for the Ekiti governorship election, Al-makura said, “APC is very ready if what I saw in Ekiti is anything to go by. I think we can consider this election as a forgone conclusion, given the support. The solidarity shown by other aspirants after the declaration, gave us an inkling that he is going to be supported by all the aspirants.
“If you look at the quality, the comportment, the maturity of the delegates who have unanimously voted Fayemi, you will know that out there, the caliber of people they control are also people that represent the interest of Ekiti State. Should the election hold today, I can assure you that with what we have seen, we are comfortable that Fayemi will emerge the governor of Ekiti State.”
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